Film archive “British Pathé” has opened their newsreel archive for the public, and here is “The first hundred years of photography:
April 27, 2014 was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and this year The Giant Mobile Camera and I were at Torget in Tromsø. People could come and experience a pinhole camera from the inside and maybe learn a little about photography. I also did make a giant paper negative in the camera.
The Giant Mobile Camera at Torget in Tromsø
The projection inside:
The paper negative laid out on the darkroom floor just before developing.
Developing the papernegative with a sponge, almost finished:
Paper negative drying.
And finally the result, a 100x250cm paper negative:
…and a digital positive version of the same picture.
It was great fun, and I will most probably do this again 🙂
Today I made my first test exposure on a test strip 40×100 cm inside The Giant Mobile Camera. Exposure time was 4 minutes with an aperture between f:450 and f:500. It seemed to be pretty close. I developed in standard developing trays, pulling the paper in and out of the liquids.
Next: Expose a full 100x250cm panorama picture.
New photos have been added to the Pinhole Gallery
Wet plate collodion have always fascinated me, and at last I’ve managed to make a few plates. There was a lot of trial and error with the first plates, a lot of errors, most of them due to vastly overexposing the image. I suggest my head is full of pinhole thinking. I did my first plates on laquered steel, so they are in a way “ferrotypes”. I have also tried one plate on glass, what is known as an ambrotype.
My first trials was done on May 1, and I use The Giant Mobile Camera as a darkroom for the process. The next morning I managed to make two more images, and (maybe) a little more successful:
The saturday after, on May 4, it was World Wetplate Collodion Day, and I had to make a few trials. The first one was a portrait of my dear Mervi, but sadly this too was a bit overexposed.
I would not bother Mervi with more trials, so I made a couple of images of my “Door Guardian”, a South African mask. The second one of them was quite successful.
At last, in the evening, before the sunset, I had to try one on glass, an ambrotype. I wanted to do a self portrait for the World Wet Plate Collodion Day Gallery, and so I did. The exposure seemed to be spot on, but I had some problems with pouring the developer, I think. Therefore you can see the black spots on my face.
I will do more ambrotypes and ferrotypes to refine my technique, and in the short future get a bigger camera that can make at least 8×10″ images.
The Giant Mobile Camera has got it’s own website: www.giantmobilecamera.com
Later updates about the cameravan will come there.
Today the weather is really nice, so I thought I had to bring a new projection out to you.
The snow on the ground seems to get lower and lower every day now, and maybe I can move The Giant Mobile Camera a little around if the weather is good enough. We’ll see 🙂
Today I did a test and measured the close limit of the 600 mm Apo-Ronar. I used a helicopter helmet on a microphone stand as a “model” for this test.
At 81 cm from the front of the Cameravan it focuses on the big screen (250x125cm). Should be able to make macro portraits with this one 🙂
Here a photo of the projection made with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 with a Panasonic 7-14mm wide angle zoom, at 12mm approx.
I have made a mount for a camera just below the lens/pinhole opening, to make it easy to make photos of the projections inside the Cameravan.
Next week I’ll get the signs for the camera, probably the first camera in Norway with permission to drive along the roads.